Methow Valley artist Ginger Reddington was another victim of the arson fire that damaged the Twisp River Pub on Feb. 29.
Reddington, who lives with her husband, Don, on Benson Creek south of Twisp, had 17 of her original works on display at the pub. None were destroyed, but all were damaged by smoke and soot.
Reddington said the paintings had a market value of about $6,100. She is not sure yet whether insurance will cover the loss.
In the meantime, she is attempting to clean and restore the paintings as best she can at her home studio. The works are produced in a seven-step process using acrylic paints, three-dimensional outlines and waxes. Reddington is experimenting with various cleaning materials and said that oven cleaner has produced good results.
To see some of Reddington’s works, visit gingerreddington.com.
Meanwhile, the investigation into the fire is continuing this week with interviews of people who might have relevant information.
Twisp Police Chief Paul Budrow said investigators have completed their work in the building and released it back to owner Aaron Studen.
“We will start interviewing this week,” Budrow said Monday (March 21). Budrow is leading the criminal investigation in the case. The investigation into the fire is led by Brian Brett, Douglas County fire marshal, and a separate investigation is being conducted by a private investigator from Mutual of Enumclaw, which insures the building.
A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to arrest and/or conviction in connection with the fire. The reward is offered by the Arson Alarm Foundation and more information is available by calling the Twisp Police Department at 997-6112.